Old Hollywood Walking Tour
Hollywood is the center of modern storytelling…
but its own story is just as interesting as any Hollywood movie plot!
What was it like to witness Hollywood’s transformation from a tiny suburb of Los Angeles to the glamorous film capital of the world? On this tour, you will learn the history of Hollywood from around 1885-1960, and have a chance to peek inside some of the hidden gems on the boulevard.
Join us to learn the story of how Hollywood transformed from a sleepy little town of orange groves into the center of the world’s entertainment industry…in less than 50 years! Take a walk back in time to visit the homes, shops, theaters, offices and restaurants that define Hollywood’s historic identity.
You’ll visit the oldest residential home on Hollywood Boulevard, visit a theater that hosted star-studded premieres during Hollywood’s golden age, and sip a drink where Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks unwound after a long day of filming, and where writers like F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway wrote classic American novels.
Our destinations include:
- Hollywood’s first and most famous movie theaters
- The oldest remaining residence on the Boulevard
- The longest continuously-operating restaurant in Hollywood
- Architecturally iconic buildings
- Hollywood’s premiere shopping district during its Golden Age
Along the way you’ll see how the story of Hollywood is still unfolding as the modern-day artists and creatives continue to reinvent their neighborhood while honoring its storied past.
With thanks to Hollywood Heritage for their assistance and cooperation in the planning of this historic walking tour, and to Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives for the use of their historic photos in this program and on the tour.
ABOUT THE TOUR GUIDE
April Brooks Clemmer developed a passionate love of Hollywood from reading biographies of her favorite movie stars. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Fashion Marketing, she moved to Hollywood to indulge her fascination with Tinsel Town. She is a member of the Hollywood Heritage Preservation Committee, and has served as a research consultant on the web series “Hollywood Trades.” In addition to leading the Old Hollywood Walking Tour, she designs custom private tours of historic Hollywood. When she’s not studying classic Hollywood, she loves to shop for vintage clothing and experiment with classic hair and makeup styles. Visit her website at www.aprilclemmer.com.
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